Suspect arrested in senior fraud case
POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 9:29am
WESLACO, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — Weslaco Police investigators have arrested a man that allegedly used an elderly couple’s identifying information to open up several lines of credit and also to purchase vehicles. On January 28, 2013, Weslaco investigators arrested Federico Andrade Cabrieles, 25 years old.
After family members of the elderly couple filed a police report, investigators discovered that Cabrieles was working as a health care provider for the elderly couple when he stole some of their documents that contained identifying information. At first, Cabrieles used the information to open up accounts for credit but then he used the victims’ information on forged documents to purchase three vehicles at various car dealerships.
On January 29, Cabrieles was taken before a Weslaco municipal judge who set a $30,000.00 total bond for two charges: Credit Card Abuse and False Statement to Obtain Property/Credit. He was then taken to the Hidalgo County jail and released to their custody.
Some signs of fraudulent activity may include: suspicious bills or letters from collection agencies, phone calls from bill collectors, missing checkbooks, missing documents that contain identifying information such as birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s license, etc.
Family members of seniors can also help to detect fraudulent accounts by running a credit check on them at least once a year. If any fraudulent activity is detected, it should be immediately reported to law enforcement.